Here's a salad I like to have for lunch as it's healthy and filling. I've also taken this one to potlucks with a good response. This is a good one for those new to quinoa as the classic tomato, cilantro and black bean combo is a winner!
1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and water has been absorbed, 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2. Whisk together in a bowl the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
3. Combine quinoa, tomatoes, black beans and green onions together in a large bowl. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cilantro. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator.
Tomato soups are one of our favorites. We've got a few in our rotation and this one is one of my favorites with the sweetness of carrots and the touch of garlic and of course chili peppers! Right now my garden has a plenty chili peppers so it's the perfect use. It's just as good with dried chilis. I've used any milk I have on hand and it's all been good. It's that combination of roasting the tomatoes and those chilis that make this so good! I found this years ago in I don't know which magazine and it still holds up..
Spicy Tomato Soup
Serve this soup with garlic bread and vegetables for a simple, healthy dinner.
14 ounces can diced tomatoes in juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small fresh or dried red chili pepper, seeds removed for less heat
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups plain soy milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
parsley leaves for garnish
1. Heat broider with rack in middle position of oven. Strain tomatoes, reserving juices. Spread tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and broil until lightly browned about 8 minutes.
2. In a food processor, combine browned tomatoes, garlic, chili pepper, carrot, soy milk, reserved tomato juice, and lemon juice, puree until smooth.
3. Transfer to a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer; cook 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley leaves before serving.
I will confess I'm not a huge fan of soup... usually lots of effort for so so effect. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt completely changed my mind after I made his tomato soup from his comprehensive book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. I hear him on my favorite podcast, Cooking Issues and finally checked out his book. It's a great read, with lots of basic tips on upgrading the usual favorites. My first one I tackled is the tomato soup and it has made it into the weekly rotation. So much I have the Muir Glen's on my amazon subscribe and save!
I started making this in winter when I didn't have fresh herbs so I topped with homemade basil oil which complimented this perfectly.
15 Minute Pantry Tomato Soup
The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups onion, finely diced
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 cans 28 ounce whole tomatoes , with juice
1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream
black pepper, freshly ground
2 tablespoons whiskey, vodka, or brandy
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs - parsley, basil or chives
1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the pepper flakes and oregano and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, with their juice, and stir, scraping the flour up off the bottom of the pan. Add the milk or cream and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tomatoes with the spoon, until the whole thing comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes.
2. Remove the soup from the heat and puree using an immersion blender. Or transfer to a standing blender, in batches if necessary, and puree, staring on low speed and gradually increasing to high, then return to the pan. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the whisky, if using, and bring to a simmer. Serve immediately topping each serving with a generous drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of herbs, and if you like a crack or two of freshly ground pepper, with grilled cheese sandwiches alongside.
This is another great one of Martha's easy Everyday Food recipes. Roasting the cherry tomatoes with some fresh breadcrumbs adds a nice touch after I get tired of eating them out of my garden right off the vine!
Cherry Tomato Crisp
2 slices white sandwich bread
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor, combine bread, Parmesan cheese, parsley leaves, olive oil, and garlic; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Pulse until bread is very coarsely chopped, 4 to 6 times.
2. In an 8-inch square baking dish, arrange cherry tomatoes in a single layer; sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake until crust is browned and tomatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
I love growing tomatoes in my garden but every year I end up with a few stragglers that do not fully ripen. I've never had success with getting them to ripen inside and finally I found something besides frying up those green ones (which I love but it's just a bit time consuming!).
Paging through my local Co-op's magazine I came across this recipe that looked like a great way to use these green beauties. It is very easy and is unique. The tomatoes are boiled in olive oil kind of reminding me of fried green tomatoes. It turns into a rich, silky smooth sauce that is great over pasta. My husband finds it a bit too much so he will mix a little with a red tomato sauce.
Green Tomato Sauce
adapted from Janet Fletcher's "Fresh from the Farmer's Market", published by Outpost Co-Op Magazine, September 2010
2 pounds green tomatoes
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1. Combine all ingredients in a stockpot and cook down until the tomatoes are soft.
2. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
I love paging through magazines and setting aside inspiring recipes for another day. This one, for tomato-avocado toasts came from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food back in June 2005. Reminds me of a summer day, I would love to be eating this outside on my patio. But instead I'm stuck inside on this 20 degree day in Wisconsin!... but I do have my Brewer's Organics box of veggies to keep me company, which included a pint of cherry tomatoes and an avocado! And from my weekly Braise order, I do have a loaf of their hearth baked ciabatta in my house.
1 small baguette (5 oz)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice baguette diagonally into sixteen
1/2-inch-thick slices; brush both sides with a total of olive oil. Bake on a
baking sheet until golden, about 8 minutes.
2. Halve avocado lengthwise and remove pit; scoop flesh into a small bowl.
Mash with lemon juice; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Spread on
toasted bread; top with grape tomatoes.
Bruschetta in a jar
I recently became addicted to canning after a generous friend keeps bringing me more produce than we can eat! It started with making jam; now I keep searching for other things to preserve.
Then I realized I needed something interesting to do with all the tomatoes that keep showing up and I came across this recipe from my Outpost Co-op magazine.
I look forward to getting into this bruschetta when summer is long gone! It will be great on pizza, in pasta or as the name says to make brushetta!
5 cloves Garlic, finely minced
1 cup Dry White Wine
1 cup White Wine Vinegar
1/2 cup Water
2 tbsp Sugar
1/4 cup Fresh Basil, chopped
1/4 cup Fresh Oregano, chopped
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
9 cups chopped, cored Plum Tomatoes (see note below)
Prepare canner, jars and lids.
In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan combine garlic, wine, wine vinegar, water, sugar, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring occassionally. Reduce heat, cover and bil gently for 5 minutes, until garlic is heated through. Remove from heat.
Pack tomatoes into hot jars to within a generous 1/2" headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust heaspace, if necessary, by adding hot liquid. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to finger-tight.
Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 25 minutes. REmove jars, let them cool at room emperature. Check the seals, label and store.
NOTE: Plum tomatoes work best because they are firmer and hold their shape in processing. It's not necessary to seed or drain them. If using globe tomatoes, chop and drin in a colander over a bowl for 30 minutes. Use the liquid for juices, cocktails, soups or home made dressings.
Makes about 7 8 ounce jars.
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